June 12, 2013

Oanh and Mickey’s Sunset Engagement Portraits

Hey everybody! Normally when a bride-to-be suggests a location for her engagement portraits, we don’t really know what to expect and have to react quickly when arriving on location. For Oanh’s engagement portraits, she led us to an amazing field of purple flowers and the sun was on the verge of setting. So, we felt […]

Engagements, For Photographers

August 31, 2022

5 Easy Poses for Engagement Photos

Easy Poses for Engagement Photos as demonstrated by Emma and Sam Bradford

It’s about to be engagement photo season so I thought I would share my top 5 easy poses for engagement photos. I’ve shot nearly 500 engagement portrait sessions all over the world. Over the years, I have developed a method of posing that is natural, comfortable, and flattering for my couples. Here are my top […]

Engagements, Fine Art, Travel

June 16, 2022

Engagement Portraits in Malibu for Derek and Hannah

Engagement Portraits in Malibu at sunset with couple kissing

Tomorrow is Hannah and Derek’s wedding day so I wanted to post a few of their Engagement Portraits in Malibu we photographed. We actually photographed these before Covid was even a thing. Can you believe that? We were supposed to photograph Hannah and Derek’s wedding in Santa Barbara in March 2020 but we all know […]


May 10, 2022

Bentonville Engagement Photos for Beth + Blake

sunset portraits for young couple's engagement photos in bentonville

I hope you’re ready for the prettiest Bentonville Engagement Photos from my shoot with Elizabeth and Blake. Planning the Shoot for Bentonville Engagement Photos As I do with every photo shoot, I ask the couple to send me photographs their planned outfits. This does two big things. First, it forces the couple to put thought […]


February 3, 2021

Benny Award All-Stars: The Best Engagement Pictures from the last decade.

Groom kissing bride at sunrise with the mountains and lake behind them.

After more than a decade of capturing some of the coolest engagements in the world, our team has compiled and narrowed them all (I could never have done this!) to the top 16. Hosting daily contests, each of the below nominees competed in a bracket system to determine the GOAT engagement portraits. So fun!


December 31, 2019

Best Engagement Portrait Nominees: 11th Benny Awards

The Best Engagement Portrait category is probably my favorite. Actually, I get asked often what my favorite thing to photograph is, and my answer is always engagement pictures. I love being an engagement picture photographer because it gives me time to get to know my couples. By connecting with them during the engagement shoot, it […]


November 11, 2019

Sunrise Engagement Pictures for Lauren Weaver and Luke Bonfield

romantic pose of a guy hugging a girl from behind during sunrise engagement session

Sunrise Engagement Pictures are a rarity, but I’ve become more of a morning person lately! When Lauren Weaver and Luke Bonfield wanted sunset pictures I was in a panic! Y’all… I don’t have any spots left this fall. What’s a photographer to do? How a photographer shoots golden light pictures when it’s not sunset… Most […]


October 21, 2019

Engagement Pictures at Crystal Bridges of Murielle and Bryson

Sunset engagement portraits in Northwest Arkansas

Sometimes, everything just falls into place beautifully. The storm clears up, or the perfect outfit you ordered arrives just in time, or the lighting seems to be especially on point. For Murielle and Bryson’s engagement pictures at Crystal Bridges, it all definitely seemed to fall perfectly into place. Our timing was impeccable, and her outfits […]


October 20, 2019

Malibu CA engagement portraits for Hannah and Derek

couple kissing at sunset on el matador beach for their engagement pictures

It’s all about lighting! When Hannah reached out to me recently to photograph her engagements we were having trouble finding a time. Her fiance, works in Santa Barbara, and I am booked up for most of the Fall. However, I saw a 36 hour period in my schedule when I could go to Malibu for […]


October 9, 2019

Airplane Engagement Portraits with Caitlin and Garrett

engaged couple kissing in front of an airplane at sunset

If there is a quintessential “Benny Bride” it’s Caitlin! She booked me right after she got engaged (which is such a compliment to have someone JUST KNOW they want to book you and do so right away so they don’t lose the date), and she has an amazing style, which you’ll see in the engagement […]


July 10, 2014

Evan and Bryan’s Fayetteville Engagement Portraits

Hey everybody! We had a blast shooting this newly engaged couple right before sunset! Aren’t they adorable? I LOVE her LBD in the last shot… so gorgeous! Congrats you two! Talk to you soon, Dale


November 4, 2011

Molly and Nick’s Fayetteville Engagement Portrait Session

Hey everybody! You know that I love me some yummy sunsetty light, right? Well then… you’ll know that I loved shooting this session! Not only did it have fabulous light, but it had a gorgeous couple – and Molly is hilarious! I had such a fun time shooting! Check out a few of my faves! […]


April 18, 2011

NYC Engagement Session

Hey everybody! Today is my 839th straight day of blogging! Here’s another New York City engagement session (I love those!) I am SO IN LOVE with this shot! Doesn’t NYC have the best sunsets? Talk to you soon, Dale

For Photographers, Luxury Wedding

September 1, 2022

3 Composition Photo Tips from Emily’s Wedding in Italy

Composition Photo Tip using framing to capture the bride crying during an emotional speech during her wedding reception in Italy

While I’m shooting weddings, I’m constantly thinking about Composition Photo Tips. Today, I’m going to share 3 of my favorite composition tools to improve photographic images regardless of the camera you have immediately. I’ve chosen Emily and Ford’s wedding in Italy for examples. Composition Photo Tip #1: Framing While framing is one of the rarest […]

Destination Wedding, Luxury Wedding, Weddings

July 30, 2022

L’Auberge Del Mar Wedding at Golden Hour / NWA Destination Wedding Photographer

L'Auberge Del Mar Wedding at golden hour with the bride and groom touching foreheads

This Southern California L’Auberge Del Mar destination wedding will go down in history as of one of my all-time favorites. Not only is the San Diego wedding venue named one of the top 3 hotels in Southern California (and rightfully so), but the couple is so kind. In fact, Maggie and Kevin are one of […]

Wedding Planning

May 30, 2022

How to Choose Your Wedding Colors: 3 Examples of Perfect Wedding Palette Executions

luxury wedding with veuve cliquot champage for wedding guests at luxury wedding reception

How to Choose Your Wedding Colors is one of the first questions you’ll encounter during your wedding planning process. Thankfully you have me to help you approach choosing your wedding colors. I am going to share three examples of well-executed wedding colors from real weddings in Northwest Arkansas and across the south. First, make use […]


May 4, 2022

Allenbrook Farms Luxury Venue in Franklin TN: Wedding Sneak Peek

Luxury wedding portrait of bride and groom outside Allenbrook Luxury wedding venue in Franklin TN. The groom is twirling his bride.

Allenbrook Luxury Wedding Venue in Franklin TN: Details Sneak Peek There is a Luxury Venue in Franklin TN, about 30 minutes outside of Nashville, called Allenbrook Farms. Jenny and Zac chose this beautiful location to start their marriage together, and I can see why. It is a unique wedding venue with a lot of beautiful […]

Styled Weddings, Weddings

February 7, 2022

Ken and Barbie’s Wedding Day

Ken and Barbie’s Wedding Day was everything she hoped it would be. She spent special time with her bridesmaids getting pedicures, wore an incredible dress, and at the end of the day she rode off into the sunset with her handsome husband. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? Well, it was. I was there. With my […]


July 17, 2020

Aspen Mountain Wedding of Sam Bradford and Emma Lavy

Aspen Mountain Wedding portraits of couple at sunset

The Aspen Mountain Wedding of Sam Bradford and Emma Lavy is still one of my all-time favorites! Not only is the couple so so cool (and gorgeous), but the mountain top wedding venue is totally out of a magazine! My wife is an OU alumnus and a HUGE OU football fan, so she loves that […]


December 31, 2019

Best Wedding Portrait Nominees: 11th Benny Awards

Best Wedding Portrait nominees were nearly impossible to narrow down. Spending time on the wedding day–just me and the couple–getting portraits is my favorite part of the wedding day. Because every wedding day is different, you never know what will jump out and inspire that perfect portrait. I get inspired by light, and also location. […]